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Breathe in. Breathe out. It sounds simple, but for the millions of people suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) the ability to take a full breath is not so easy.
“If you have trouble breathing, talk to your physician. While COPD cannot be cured, once diagnosed it can be treated so you can breathe easier,” says Joseph A. DeBlasio, Jr., M.D., a member of the medical staff at University Medical Center of Princeton (UMCP), specializing in internal medicine.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is an inflammatory lung disease that obstructs airflow out of the lungs and is a term that includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema or a combination of the two.
A progressive disease, COPD typically develops slowly with symptoms worsening over time. Common symptoms of COPD include: an ongoing cough or a cough that produces a lot of mucus (often called smoker’s cough), shortness of breath (especially with physical activity), wheezing, and chest tightness.
If you experience symptoms of COPD or notice that you are changing your lifestyle to make breathing easier, see your doctor for an evaluation.
In addition to affecting your quality of life, COPD puts you at greater risk for the flu and pneumonia, both of which can cause a worsening of COPD symptoms.
If COPD is diagnosed, there is a range of treatment options to help manage symptoms and maintain quality of life. Millions of people are living with COPD. If you have trouble breathing, talk to your doctor. Treatment can help manage your symptoms and enhance your quality of life.
To find a physician with Princeton HealthCare System, call
(888) 742-7496 or visit www.princetonhcs.org.
CONTACT David to register for PHC lectures
FREE CPR CLASS - Monday, April 3, - 10:30am-11:30am
Registration is required for all classes. Call 1.888.897.8979 or visit
www.princetonhcs.org/calendar to register for CPR classes, unless
otherwise noted. Participants who are more than 15 minutes late will need to reschedule for another PCR course held by Princeton HealthCare System. The Family & Friends CPR program teaches you how to perform CPR on adults, children or infants, and how to help an adult, child or infant who is choking. An infant is defined as a child 1 year of age or younger. This course is designed for family members, friends and members of the general community who want to learn CPR but do not need a course completion card.
When to Call 911 – Thursday, April 13, - 10:45am-11:45am
When an emergency strikes, knowing the basics of when to call 911 is essential. Whether it’s an accidental injury or sudden chest pains, do you know when to call 911? Join Barbara Vaning, MHA, EMT Instructor at Princeton HealthCare System, for this interactive, educational lecture designed to teach you went to call for help. Topics include: What constitutes an emergency, what you need to tell the emergency dispatcher when you call, what to do if you cannot talk, what you can do while waiting for help to arrive
All About Joint Replacement – Wednesday, April 26
10:30am-11:30am. Every year, thousands of people suffering from painful joint conditions undergo replacement surgery and reclaim their lives. Join Victoria Ribsam, RN, BSN, ONC, Orthopedic Patient Navigator, for a discussion on how to know when it’s time for a joint replacement, what is involved and the services available at UMCP, including the Jim Craigie Center for Joint Replacement.
Stopping Colon Cancer Before it Starts
“Colon polyps are extra pieces of tissue that grow inside the large intestine. While most polyps are not dangerous, some types can change into cancer over the course of several years,” says Anish Sheth, MD, board certified in gastroenterology, Chief of Gastroenterology and Director of the Esophageal Program at University Medical Center of Princeton (UMCP).
Anyone can get polyps, but some people are at greater risk. Common risk factors include being over the age of 50, prior history of polyps, having a family member with polyps or a family history of colon cancer. If you have any of these risk factors, talk to your doctor about screening. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends that men and women of average risk should have a colon cancer-screening test starting at age 50.
UMCP, through a partnership with local gastroenterologists, offers a Direct Access Colonoscopy program to help speed the process of scheduling a routine screening for certain patients.
To be eligible, individuals must be age 50 or older, must not have a family history of colon cancer, cannot be on blood thinners or have a history of bleeding disorders, cannot have a history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, must never have been diagnosed with congestive heart failure, and must not have experienced chest pains
or a heart attack within the past 12 months.
Those who meet the criteria can call UMCP’s Surgical Scheduling Office directly to make an appointment for a colonoscopy and if they meet certain screening criteria, will be scheduled for the procedure within days. For more information, or to schedule a colonoscopy through the Direct Access Colonoscopy program at UMCP, call (609)853-7510.
Get Your Flu Vaccine Today
Some things you can count on to come around every year – birthdays, anniversaries, flu season. And although you can catch the flu any time, flu season in the United States typically runs from October to May, peaking in the winter months.
“Flu vaccines are easy, effective and widely available, and by getting yourself vaccinated, you won’t have to suffer through flu season this year,”’ says Karina K. Lee, M.D., board certified in internal medicine and a member of the medical staff at University Medical Center of Princeton.
Influenza – flu – is a respiratory virus that is spread though droplets expelled when coughing, sneezing or talking. Flu is highly contagious as germs can be spread at distances of up to six feet, and you can have the virus for several days before symptoms occur.
Common flu symptoms include; fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, aches, fatigue, or vomiting or diarrhea (more common for children). If you have flu symptoms, call your doctor. Often the best thing you can do is let the virus run its course by staying home, resting and avoiding contact with other people.
A flu vaccine is especially important for these people at higher risk of having flu complications; people over age 65, children under 5, pregnant women, people in nursing homes, and people with certain medical conditions such as asthma, heart disease or lung disease.
Flu season may come around every year, but getting vaccinated is an easy way to keep the virus at bay so you and those around you can stay
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